Friday, April 30, 2010


By Heather

Right now it's late Wednesday night, and I should be packing because I'm leaving for Malice bright and early in the morning, and I still have lots to do. So, of course, I'm online. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it? I'm not sure how much Internet access I'll have while I'm gone, so if I don't reply to today's post, it's because I can't, not that I don't want to.

I originally posted the following blog on my personal blog a couple of weeks ago, but I thought you all might like it as well--it poses one of those time-honored questions: If you could do it again, would you? I'll do my best to check in to see what you all have to say.

Back to School
Original post date: 4/19/10

Last Saturday, my husband, son #2, and I toured Bowling Green State University, the first of many college tours planned over the next few months. It was "Junior" day at the college and the place was packed with wide-eyed eleventh graders getting their first glimpse at what college life might entail. They got to tour the whole campus including dorms (the dorm we toured was not good for anyone with the least bit of claustrophobia).

The school had a huge room set up in the student union with booths representing every major with advisors and professors standing by to answer questions. Some we bypassed immediately (East Asian Studies) and some had no one manning the booth, or people browsing it either (Math, statistics--big surprise there).

But what caught MY eye was the Pop Culture table. Pop. Culture. As a major. It almost makes me want to go back to school! It's perfect for me. Don't ask me what kind of career comes from a pop culture degree because I don't know. I didn't dare stop and linger at the booth for fear that I'd suddenly submit an application (which you could do on the spot, btw).

My son wasn't too interested in the pop culture booth (whose kid is he???). For him we stuck to the medical professions and the history department... The college is about three hours away from home, so a bit further than I'd like (couldn't he just live at home??? Is that too much to ask???), and has its pros and cons, but it's on The List. I've started keeping a notebook for all these visits. And I made a special note of the pop culture major--just in case son #2 changes his mind...

If you could go back to school right now, what major would you choose? Would it be the same? Or would you change it?


tonya Kappes said...

I loved this blog on your site. It's amazing really to think about. I wouldn't change my degrees, I'd add more on...this time English b/c I had no clue I wanted to be a writer when I got the other ones.
Have fun at malice!!

Lover of Books said...

I would have gone to a different school cause the minor I wanted was not offered. So I just majored in English Lit, Concentration on Lit. I would have loved to minor in either Irish History or followed in my mom's foot steps and minored in French. :) That and I might have pursued my Teaching degree from the beginning. Oh, well.


signlady217 said...

I would keep my major the same (Mathematics), but would change my minor from General Studies to Art, Home Economics, or History. That Pop Culture one does sound intriguing, though.

Rural View said...

I would still major in history and minor in political science because that's my main interest and it's what I write about. Of course I didn't go to college until I was 32- started at a community college, finished at Rutgers when I was 42 - so I was pretty settled then. However, history was going to be my choice at 18 too.

CindyD said...

Definitely would have changed my major - don't know why I chose English! But I'd keep my minor, which is what I worked in - library science.
Where in Ohio are you? Be sure to check out Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware - a fantastic merit scholarship program, very caring professors, an all round great school.
ps-my mom graduated from Bowling Green. I thought about it but it was too far from home (Canton).

Sarah said...

I would totally go back to college and change my major to something fun like cake decorating!


Andrea C. said...

I loved college..and I live in Ohio so years ago Bowling Green was on my list too! I ended up at Ohio University and I majored in English Education. I love being a teacher and would probably stick with it if I had to do it again, but there are days I wished I had gone another route! I thought about social work, but that would be so depressing!
I am interested to see where your son end up Heather! :)

Vicki said...

I would choose the same major again. I do love teaching and even though I spend most of my life either busy or tired, I know I enjoy it when I gleefully spend time in the summer organizing for the next school year. Would love to get my Masters...haven't done that yet; maybe one day.